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1819529 No.120328   [Reply]

Well, I got kicked off the E2 board which covers 59th street and got placed on the E1 board which covers Barr yard and East Chicago.
Since I h8 Barr yard, I wasn't looking forward to this assignment at all.

Here's why, after using the Barr yard locker room I had to use the toilet, and boy am I sorry I did.

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>> No.120369  


>The Amtrak station restrooms I've seen have been reasonably maintained.
>I have never been in an Amshack
>> No.120370  

Snail, I do believe this is relevant to your cause. I suggest you forward your photos to your local OSHA office.


>> No.120381  
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I have pissed in an amshack.

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As gross as that sounds, I suspect you're probably not the only one who has.

>> No.120390  

The Amtrak Trip From Hell© ( Lake Shore Limited ) the toilets were broken and I resorted to pissing in a styrofoam cup, tossing it out the dutch door, repeat until satisfied.

>> No.120395  


I remember a particularly long Coast Starlight trip (back in the days of the "Coast Star-Late", when Union Pacific was always going out of their way to delay it). As the delay hours dragged on and the train got closer to Seattle, every lavatory on the train started giving out.

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Done. Not well or large enough, but done.

>> No.120402  

Why can't they just hire a fucking cleaner? That's what every other large employer in the civilised world does.

>> No.120403  

I believe this is a clue: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=crARnAJv1EM

>> No.120404  


Because unions, apparently. What's the use of fighting for employee safety when they can't even scrub a toilet?

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686241 No.119909   [Reply]

Previous thread mysteriously disappeared, but, since the topic is interesting at least for a few people, I'm starting a new one.

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RA rail bus/DMU family by Metrovagonmash, Russia.
RA1 series:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=maSa31h8b6M - RA1-0050 railbus. Peredol'skaya, Novgorod region, Russia. 2012. Mikhail Petrishin / Igor Bekirov.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Uogw5pbA3o - RA1-0039.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JA-4WirI5_Q - RA1 ride.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=I0HOmmmyDHg - 416-003 (40 two-unit RA-V DMUs were delivered to Hungary in 2002-2004).
RA2 series:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ujq63OmXZ4E - RA2
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LvCGSwrYql0 - RA2 in Lithuania (4 RA2s were delivered in 2008).
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jHD2QxL2O-w - RA2 ride.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GkCerg8eGxs - RA2-079 ride, Zelyoniy Dol - Vasilyevo.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KauU6J5jsM - RA2-0008 cabride.

>> No.120388  


Probably rides better than a Pacer.

>> No.120391  
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I just think it's absurd to put high speed noses on an MU car that will probably never see the sweet side of 125 kph. It would be better to have a proper end door for true MU car flexibility... on the other hand, end doors might not be such a good idea during Russian winters!

>> No.120394  


There are still aesthetics. Which even Russia is catching on to.

>> No.120397  

To be fair, a rodeo bull probably rides better than a Pacer.

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That makes me think of the HOT7000
An obscure 160km/h capable narrow gauge DMU

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I traveled on RA1 once as a kid, and, if I remember correctly, it rides quite smoothly, at least on acceptable track, and RA2 must ride even better because it is the next generation after RA1, in particular it has more advanced running gear.

>> No.120400  

It might run on narrow gauge tracks but it sure as hell has a wide loading gauge.

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23997 No.120311   [Reply]

X Train stocks closed @ 00.0024 a share.

For S92,000 1chan can own 100% of a railroad/railway.

Let's do this.

Kickstarter or what?

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>make sure you don't accidentally get into a white boxcar instead of your usual amtrak train.

Amtrak was formed by the government to buy out all old passenger railroads.

Amtrak is government owned

Fema Bawx Cars are government owned

Fema needs train to drive to death camps...


>> No.120373  

So, what is this company and what do they do, exactly?

A cursory Google search shows that they're some sort of railroad holding company based out of Las Vegas.

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They wanted to run some kind of "gamblers' special" express train service between Los Angeles and Las Vegas; complete with sumptuously-appointed renovated Gallery Cars pulled by an F59PHI. I don't know exactly what caused the stock to tank so hard. But I figure the X Train must have been mired in dealing with the Union Pacific, who owns the tracks all the way.

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>>120325 BAWAHAHAhahaha!! From what I've read about X-train that would be a wise investment, relatively speaking.

>>120312 Their two cars are leased from Mid America (or is it Iowa Pacific yet?). So not much recovery from assets to be had.

>>120373 See: http://www.reviewjournal.com/business/las-vegas-railway-express-seeks-passengers-private-rail-cars

>> No.120380  

Just found this with some light Googling.


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>>120378 From what I understand it's kinda a crap venture to begin with. They had some good investment up front that they used to lease and renovate the two Mid America cars with. Yet they never got anywhere with negotiating a deal with UP/BNSF for a direct route.

So then they partnered with Santa Fe Southern to run "premium" excursion trains on their track. SFS was shutdown without funds for track repairs. X-Train provided the funding and the two started running trains together. Then it suddenly stopped recently without explanation. Then this press release.

What's great is every press release from X-Train sounds like Baghdad Bob: everything great, we're restructuring, pay no attention to whats actually happening.

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I still suspect it was all part of an elaborate money laundering scheme.

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Dirty dealings, ulterior motives, and utter dishonesty? In OUR railroad business? You must be joking!

>> No.120389  

Considering this was orchestrated by a property developer following the economic collapse of 08 you're probably right.

>> No.120396  

everyone count their joo shekels hidden under their mattress. let's buy this. i know some of y'all waste more money a year on anime.

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50596 No.120375   [Reply]

For those Shinkansen fanatics, the orders for the 50th anniversary coin close next week. Though I imagine that all will be ordered before then. Japan only :<
Link got eaten so in image, though google works.

I wish I could get some, but it's probably too late asking the local coin dealer to see if they can try to order it through their contacts ;_;

So shiny, perfect for a dragon to hoard.

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>> No.120393  

Apparently the mint will be allocating these coins via lottery, and 10% of the run will be sold overseas.

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54898 No.119949   [Reply]

Lets post more of these.

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>> No.119955  

And there is this guy

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So very Japaneseururu!

>> No.119969  

My eyes have finally stopped swirling...

>> No.120350  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3RHS_e4-kCc -- One more in that vein. Wonder what Leroy Anderson would have thought...

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81807 No.120305   [Reply]

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kcmukexl-aY and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jqLX8ekkO08 -- The BR Class 14[234] Pacer is a long-wheelbase vehicle that rides on axles, not bogies/trucks, hence it tends to bounce and skip on imperfect track. It's especially visible in the gangway.

(Pic from Wikicommons)

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>> No.120316  
>middle seat on a train
>no washrooms
>dat bounce

I'll take those nice shiny class 165s or whatever they are. Pick up the slack, Northern!

>> No.120317  

I'm not sure if it was direct involvement. I could e-mail him and ask, but I don't like bugging the old guy because I think he's sick. If he wasn't directly involved, he knew enough about the story to tell it.

In light of the fact that the site hosting this video has web 1.0 credentials and looks like it'll fall down at any moment, I re-hosted it on youtube some time ago for my own purposes. At some point in this (maybe during the Q@A) he talks about pacers and how they relate to HSFV-1, COV-ABs and godawful ride quality.

The big joke, of course, is this:
You can stand at Darlington/York and watch APTs go by all day in the form of Pacers & Class 91s, but nobody will ever know. I kinda wish they'd kept the APT-U monkier, now...

>> No.120319  

Thanks for sharing that video.
Hope he gets better soon.

Anyway, speaking of the APT-U have there ever been proposals to actually equip them with the tilting mechanism or did the closure of all the UK based rolling stock makers mean it would just be cheaper to buy more Pendelinos?

>> No.120324  

My father had his motion sickness triggered once by looking down the gangway of a Pacer in flight.

Rumours are that some TOCs are getting a bit slack on their maintenance in the hope that enough of them fail to justify replacing them a bit earlier than the planned 2019, when their RVAR accessibility waivers run out.

>> No.120351  

Nope. It'd be pointless on the ECML anyway. Our Lord and Saviour built his railway nice'n straight and nice'n wide. The whole thing is good for 100+mph, unlike the WCML north of Crewe, which is a shit alignment in general.

Allegedly (I suspect this is bullshit, but it was reported in the Railway Magazine) the space set aside for tilt packs was lost during some kind of upgrade program GNER did.

>> No.120356  

So really all that's necessary for HS running is a new signaling system?

>> No.120359  

The signalling system was in place from 1989 - the flashing-green aspect was created for >125mph running (see link), and with super-duper TPWS it'd be adequately safe, but nobody is interested in it anymore. BR tried it out, said that they were concerned about signal sighting and reaction times and that was more or less that.

I don't think the business case exists for it anymore, anyway. The prevalance of slower traffic on the ECML (Shitloads of Class 185s) basically means that the faster they make the 91s go, the more paths they use up (even with flight dispatch timetables) and going 140 compared to 125 entices passengers less than 125 compared to 100.

>> No.120365  


>britbongs invented the wheelset for most HSR sets out there

Something new everyday...

>> No.120366  


>Spackman has to take a moment to think about what rail company bought up what company

Good god if that doesn't illustrate how frantic those buyouts were I don't know what does.
Also I know I should probably just email him directly but does anyone here know what the difference between the two systems Bombardier owns (APT/LRC) are?

>> No.120374  

I looked into patents and shit once, they are quite radically different, but both are self-centering hydraulic tilt systems. They do the same thing, but the mechanisms are distinct.

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80387 No.120246   [Reply]

Banner material?

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>> No.120329  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eggIeHnQW6c -- Oughta make a big thumbs-up banner for this driver.

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36280 No.120286   [Reply]
>let's slow the trains down instead of maintaining the tracks to a decent standard
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>> No.120288  

Exactly. It's just another reason to stick it to the oil companies.
I'm all for taxing and regulating those fucks into a corner but goddamn don't blame the railroad for carrying that shit.

Has anyone ever made a list of all the highly explosive shit that gets hauled by rail that isn't crude?

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All sorts of highly explosive, highly hazardous shit gets shipped by rail. Once, I waited for an Amtrak train and watched a train hauling Israeli containers full of potassium fluoride go by; if that shit wrecked, a lot of people wouldn't be having a good time. Probably the only people who cared were the protestors picketing the Port of Tacoma when the ship carrying it all came in, and that was only because the ship was owned by Israeli interests.

But hey, none of the dangerous chemicals and gases hauled by train are enough to get people all butthurt if they don't level an entire town after a series of catastrophic fuck-ups.


>> No.120290  
>40 mph trains just because of oil

That's fucking pathetic. Absolutely would have rippling effects across other commodities. Enjoy Amtrak being later, crews dying, and grain being even later.

Oil isn't even that "explosive" it's just flammable and loads of flammable shit is shipped by rail and even more things that are orders of magnitude more dangerous for the environment and people.

>> No.120295  

Why do people keep talking about Megantic? What is it about that accident that proves transporting crude is akin to hauling armed nukes around? Did none of these assholes read the TSB report?

Isn't bleach even more flammable than some of this crude?

>> No.120298  

Apparently not. All that report proved to me is that you can't trust engineers to tie hand brakes.

>> No.120299  

It's too long
Let's see a small scope of things that can be carried by freight rail. Although as someone training in chem. eng., they're far from the scary end of the spectrum. Anything truly scary would be transported a lot more carefully (ha!) and otherwise explodes if you just look at it the wrong way (those things chemists touch, we can sit in a room :3).

Ethylene Oxide (previously covered) - basically fucks many things it touches to death
Anhydrous H2SO4 - benign on its own, but the moment a single dab of water vapour makes contact the whole thing turns into liquid rape, now with vapours
HF - cloud of death. nuff said. Oh wait, there's more. Water makes it liquid death that eats through glass
Soy sauce - self explanatory
Chlorine - green gas? what could possibly go wrong?
Wikipedia and youtube can fill in the gaps. Anything that goes bang proper won't go by rail, it'll be made on site or in small containers for lab use.

>> No.120300  


>That feel when in any given day working the hump job I'll switch out all of those cars.

Oh, and some hydrogen cyanide.

>> No.120301  
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Because alarmist activists only focus on the blow-up, instead of the why. "The environment" is a tired excuse that mostly falls on deaf ears. But put a human toll on it, and you're going somewhere.

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NIMBY lifestyle?
Golly! Then building a pipeline would solve all the problems, right? Is there no end to the fear mongering these guys will go to?

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Nobody can be pleased either way. Too bad that the anti-oil train crowd is getting traction through political fuckery and annoying direct action campaigns.

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44537 No.120279   [Reply]

What is the best Lego/Duplo train set of all time?

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Screw that, this one was cooler. Also, I had this set...

>> No.120302  


Fuckin' eh, Space Legos!

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I had a Duplo train similar to this in the late 1980s around the time I was in kindergarten. Best three years of my life, that kindergarten!

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Ha! Found it...the one Lego train set I owned as a child:

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It's so...German.

>> No.120313  


Hell yeah, still have this set. Gathering dust somewhere, but I think it's complete.

>> No.120315  


>actual generic trainset
>battery powered

So are there still 9V sets or is it all batteries now?

>> No.120318  
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Lego discontinued 9V-powered trains entirely a few years ago. The current power system is now the norm as of 2009. The Emerald Night set released that same year was the first to use it. Basically, all the Lego track is 100% plastic now.

>> No.120321  

I wanted this so bad when I was a kid, but it cost something absurd, like 200 dollars.

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67281 No.120269   [Reply]

Network SouthEast staff video, "About Time":
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wqd0FOESotA -- pt.1 (8m)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kXtbuhO0wmA -- pt.2 (5m)

A Day In The Life Of NSE:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJoqdSmOkYc -- pt.1 (6m)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UNT9HWnXrms -- pt.2 (6m)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sULj6UpGAyU -- Inside Story: Old, Dirty and Late (0h48m)

>> No.120270  

Choob stock?

>> No.120271  

Yep. Pic took off the Wikipedia article on NSE.

>> No.120272  

Waterloo and City was run by SR, then BR, prior to handover to LUL

>> No.120273  

Sessha thinks this is a weird-weird world.

>> No.120274  

... as further demonstrated by...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jxddyFHx-A -- You know it's not your day when... you have to push your train past gawkers with camera-phones. (1m20s)

>> No.120275  

I need more 1980s BR training videos in my life. They're really quite charming.

>> No.120277  

http://www.britishrailways.tv/ -- Looks like a right nice link farm if a tad slow at times.
http://www.railforums.co.uk/showthread.php?t=95499 -- Someone asked for training videos.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DhHj7C4l3mk -- A route training video for Brighton->Hove->Brighton.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MqQSrrXmrjk -- Merseyside Route Learner (1h26m)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u1k3sREyYFo -- "Braking in snow"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FrsBkEbCluE or
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o8UDodqm1jc -- "SPAD - Don't let it happen to you" (0h27m)

Some other stuff:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2dNBe0ztOCo -- Keeping Britain on Track: Standing Room Only (0h58m)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sRbrtj3FWoo and
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KRVhA-uI5ME -- The Tube - Under Attack 1 (0h23m total)
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z6BxSbx1Fm0 -- The Day Britain Stopped (BBC, 1h29m)

>> No.120304  

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=12H88CqGocI -- "Derailed" (BBC, 1h32m) Based on the http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ladbroke_Grove_rail_crash
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Zz34YpGCUj4 -- Seconds From Disaster ep. about the same.

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